Colombia: Chavez gave $300M to FARC terrorists; Update: FARC wanted nukes?

posted at 4:30 pm on March 3, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

As Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador prepare to have their armies make a run for the borders, Alvaro Uribe accused Hugo Chavez of funding the terrorist organization FARC. In its lightning raid across the Ecuadorian border to strike at FARC’s leadership, the Colombian army captured some critical intelligence at the camp of FARC leader Raul Reyes. Included in that was a thank-you note from Chavez for an earlier contribution to his own cause:

Colombia’s police chief, Gen. Oscar Naranjo, said documents recovered from a slain rebel leader’s computer indicate Chavez recently sent $300 million to Colombian guerrillas. He said another document indicates the rebels sent money to Chavez when he was a jailed coup leader more than a decade ago.

Naranjo said the files were recovered from a laptop owned by the rebel known as Raul Reyes, who was killed Saturday in a Colombian commando raid on a camp just across the border in Ecuador.

“A note recovered from Raul Reyes speaks of how grateful Chavez was for the 100 million pesos (about $150,000 at the time) that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, delivered to Chavez when he was in prison,” Naranjo told a news conference in Bogota.

Colombia has long complained about the lack of response from Ecuador and Venezuela when FARC runs across the borders to avoid capture or combat. Now Uribe has an even better argument — that the support for narco-terrorists in Venezuela runs deeper than just turning a blind eye to their presence. Chavez apparently has them on the payroll.

Several nations have offered to assist in diplomacy to settle the conflict between Ecuador and Colombia, including the US. However, no one apparently wants to include Chavez in these talks. The incursion didn’t involve Venezuelan territory, and unless Chavez wants to admit that FARC is little more now than his proxy to undermine Uribe, the ranting socialist has no dog in this fight.

Will Venezuela back down? Or will Chavez make the mistake of acting overtly outside his borders and provide enough provocation to get a rapid response from the US?

UPDATE: According to Helen Murphy at Bloomberg, the files recovered by the Colombian army also showed that FARC wanted uranium so that they could join the rilly kewl terrorists around the world:

The documents on the computer of Raul Reyes, the second in command of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, indicate that Venezuela provided the guerrillas with at least $300 million and would help Chavez in the event of a U.S. attack on Venezuela.

Naranjo said the FARC, as the group is known, was seeking to buy 50 kilos of uranium for bomb making with aim of getting involved in international terrorism.

I guess they missed their invitation to the AQ Khan multi-level networking system.  Besides, as we have seen with Iran, it takes a lot of effort to turn uranium into fissile material — but they could have used it as the basis for  “dirty bomb” attacks.


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Was Ecuador protecting the FARC? Sounds like cross-border, “respect our sovereignty while we underwrite attacks on yours” BS. And would that implicate them as harboring terrorists?

And at $300 million, what is that per capita for the FARC?

Vizzini on March 3, 2008 at 4:34 PM

no one apparently wants to include Chavez in these talks

Never bring a mad dog to any fight.

Kini on March 3, 2008 at 4:35 PM

Hey, ya know that BROACH bunker buster? Ya think it would go thru Chavez’s thick skull?

Akzed on March 3, 2008 at 4:35 PM

I hope there is a war in South America. Colombia and the U.S. need to clean up Venezuela.

jimbo2008 on March 3, 2008 at 4:37 PM

Hey, ya know that BROACH bunker buster? Ya think it would go thru Chavez’s thick skull?

Akzed on March 3, 2008 at 4:35 PM

Don’t tease me, BROACH!

RushBaby on March 3, 2008 at 4:38 PM

Hopefully Sean Penn and Cindy Sheehan will shed some light on all of this for us.

Hening on March 3, 2008 at 4:38 PM

Never bring a mad dog to any fight.

Kini on March 3, 2008 at 4:35 PM

Michael Vick whole-heartedly endorses Chavez’s participation in the talks.

Frozen Tex on March 3, 2008 at 4:39 PM

I wonder what we can get out of the Columbian and Equadorian Governments if we go and “Help” them? … besides getting rid of Chavez that is.

upinak on March 3, 2008 at 4:41 PM

Included in that was a thank-you note from Chavez for an earlier contribution to his own cause

That’s been blown out of proportion; it was just a thank-you note from when Reyes sent him an FTD Pick-Me-Up ™ bouquet.

Frozen Tex on March 3, 2008 at 4:41 PM

Frozen Tex on March 3, 2008 at 4:39 PM

You are on a roll today… caffine??

upinak on March 3, 2008 at 4:41 PM

And at $300 million, what is that per capita for the FARC?

Checked this on Wikipedia… looks like that’s $37,500 a head (8000 troops in 2008, down from 16,000 in 2001)

Vizzini on March 3, 2008 at 4:42 PM

“Hopefully Sean Penn and Cindy Sheehan will shed some light on all of this for us.”
Hening on March 3, 2008

LOL, maybe Chavez will lean over, give Cindy a good night kiss (after he turns off the light) and ask her what to do.

BobK on March 3, 2008 at 4:44 PM

Will Venezuela back down? Or will Chavez make the mistake of acting overtly outside his borders and provide enough provocation to get a rapid response from the US?

Back down if he was a rational man. Not being that it is anyones guess what he might do.

Limerick on March 3, 2008 at 4:44 PM

At least Chavez-backed, FARC won’t be able to get across our border. Hell, I’m sure that they’ve never even thought about doing that.

I’m going to sleep well, tonight.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 3, 2008 at 4:44 PM

upinak on March 3, 2008 at 4:41 PM

A natural high of anti-flu herbal medication, Aleve ™, vitamin C, and Cold FX ™.

WHEEEE!

Frozen Tex on March 3, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Didn’t Geraldo Rivera interview FARC leader Raul Reyes???? But I digress, what I reall wanted to say is can we NOW start drilling our own oil????

Seven Percent Solution on March 3, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Frozen Tex on March 3, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Dang… and I thought it was the fact spring was returning to our areas! LOL… get better.

upinak on March 3, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Weren’t we told vicious dictators could not even conceivably have illicit relationships with terrorists?

Maquis on March 3, 2008 at 4:48 PM

What? No mention that FARC was also trying to obtain 50 kilos of Uranium for dirty bombs so they could hit the International Terrorist scene?

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601086&sid=aMPbNS8tsmVo&refer=latin_america

SilverStar830 on March 3, 2008 at 4:48 PM

Dang… and I thought it was the fact spring was returning to our areas! LOL… get better.

upinak on March 3, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Spring? SPRING? It was -40 C (-40 F) yesterday morning, and it’s -25 C (-13 F) right now! Speak to me not of spring…

Frozen Tex on March 3, 2008 at 4:51 PM

What? No mention that FARC was also trying to obtain 50 kilos of Uranium for dirty bombs so they could hit the International Terrorist scene?

SilverStar830 on March 3, 2008 at 4:48 PM

Well, it’s a really hip, happenin’ scene, and if you wanna make real splash, ya gotta bring awesome goodies.

Frozen Tex on March 3, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Frozen Tex on March 3, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Note to self…scratch Alberta off the list.

Limerick on March 3, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Limerick on March 3, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Think further north.

Frozen Tex on March 3, 2008 at 4:53 PM

Frozen Tex on March 3, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Northern Territories or Yukon?

Anchroage, 30… My Fellow northern friend… Break up (Not sure what you all call spring) is on its way! :)

upinak on March 3, 2008 at 4:59 PM

upinak on March 3, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Yellowknife, NT. Break-up better not be too soon; I’m getting married in 3 weeks at an ice castle on Great Slave Lake, and I’d like solid ice underfoot for that.

Frozen Tex on March 3, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Hot war with Chavez’s Venezuela in 3-2-1…

Liberty or Death on March 3, 2008 at 5:02 PM

will Chavez make the mistake of acting overtly outside his borders and provide enough provocation to get a rapid response from the US?

I think this may have been touched on in other related threads, but may there be forces in his own gov’t or military that’ll keep him from committing such an overt act that’ll allow the US to declare war?

Frozen Tex on March 3, 2008 at 5:04 PM

Frozen Tex on March 3, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Oh VERY cool! I assume it is like our Ice castle/Hotel in Fairbanks/North Pole area.

Ahhhh you didn’t rent a room for the honeymoon did ya? Talk about a cold fanny in bed!

upinak on March 3, 2008 at 5:06 PM

Ahhhh you didn’t rent a room for the honeymoon did ya? Talk about a cold fanny in bed!

upinak on March 3, 2008 at 5:06 PM

No, nothing like that; we’re just using it for the ceremony, and everything else will be indoors.

Frozen Tex on March 3, 2008 at 5:08 PM

What is our naval presence in that part of the Carib? Do we have a carrier BG close by? I’ve always admired the Brits’ response to the Falklands but it took way too long for their forces to sail that far. Kinda like spanking a little brat two weeks after he threw the tantrum.

innominatus on March 3, 2008 at 5:11 PM

So does Chavez actually have troops on the move, or was it all just talk?

The broadcast media seems to be ignoring this story.

rockhauler on March 3, 2008 at 5:14 PM

We need to be rid of this FARC-wad.

sleepy-beans on March 3, 2008 at 5:29 PM

We need to be rid of this FARC-wad.

sleepy-beans on March 3, 2008 at 5:29 PM

Before he FARCs up the region even more?

Frozen Tex on March 3, 2008 at 5:36 PM

The broadcast media seems to be ignoring this story.

rockhauler on March 3, 2008 at 5:14 PM

The last topic they want, before Nov., is another war.

It won’t last, but the two Chavezes, side by side, in the front pictures, is coincidentally ‘powerful’.

Entelechy on March 3, 2008 at 5:47 PM

Nobody seems to be covering the fact that Reyes’ laptop mentioned Obama:

The gringos asked for an appointment with the minister to ask him to tell us about their interest in talking about the topics. They say their new president will be Obama, and they are interested in his countrymen. Obama will not support Plan Colombia nor will sign the FTA. We responded that we are interested in having relations with all governments on equal conditions and in the case of the United States it will require a public statement expressing their interest in talking with the FARC because of their eternal war against us.

Who are the gringos he mentions??

Golden Boy on March 3, 2008 at 5:56 PM

Golden Boy on March 3, 2008 at 5:56 PM

1. who is “his” countrymen?
2. which “external war” are they referring too?

Make you wonder besides who the gringo’s are, what else Reyes is saying.

upinak on March 3, 2008 at 6:04 PM

I seem to remember that there is a Hamas or Hezbollah faction in that neck of the woods. Could there be a connection?

Kini on March 3, 2008 at 6:07 PM

Kini on March 3, 2008 at 6:07 PM

Do you doubt there couldn’t be a connection?

upinak on March 3, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Is a gringo a nonLatin or just someone from the United States in this context?

a capella on March 3, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Well, Chavez has been predicting the US will try to take him out. He seems to be doing his best to prove himself right.
C

Corsair on March 3, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Whenever I have heard “Gringos” from South Americans, it usually refers to Norteamericanos (aka United States caucasians). A non-white US citizen would not be a gringo.

“They say their new president will be Obama” clearly show the gringos are from the US. People who would know or can speculate what a President Obama will do.

AverageJoe on March 3, 2008 at 6:17 PM

upinak on March 3, 2008 at 6:09 PM

About a year ago, HA had a special poster do a series of post on the Hezbollah connection in the South Americas. Since then, there hasn’t been much of any updates from any news agency’s, foreign or domestic, regarding this. I was wondering if anyone else heard or sees a connection.

Kini on March 3, 2008 at 6:27 PM

He must really be insane! Only the insane will taunt the baddest dog on the block just to see if he can get it to react. Or, perhaps he thinks ‘the messiah’ is in charge now? He assumes that at his peril. The dog has been annoyed, shall we say, with the taunter for some time now and just waiting for a chance to get even. And he is daring it to do so.

dustoffmom on March 3, 2008 at 7:20 PM

Well, Chavez has been predicting the US will try to take him out. He seems to be doing his best to prove himself right.
C

Corsair on March 3, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Just what I was thinking. When he first announced that the US wanted to attack him, way back when, I laughed at the absurdity of it, and even felt a little sorry for the guy and his paranoid delusions. Now he seems to be doing everything he can to make his dream come true.

Keli on March 3, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Okay,I’ve got an idea,what if in all this,dinnerjacket
is playing Chavez,like Hitler played Benito Mussolini!

And Dinnerjacket wants to make,Venezuela a staging area!

Okay,to crazy of an idea,how about Dinnerjacket wants a
vacation spot in Venezuela,kind like Mecca 2,er home
away from home,so to speak!

canopfor on March 3, 2008 at 9:44 PM

I don’t know if anyone caught this on today’s news…it’s just up on eltiempo.com … but Colombia has announced that it will ask the International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for financially supporting genocide. This arises from the information found on the computer of the FARC leader killed last weekend, “Raul Reyes”, to the effect that Venezuela has was in the process of channelling about $300,000,000.00 to the FARC (according to the paper edition, the FARC has already received $50 million; the rest was programmed for the future…perhaps hidden through proceeds of crude oil sales).

This is a bit of a “heavy” methinks.

Blaise on March 4, 2008 at 10:09 AM